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Road Test: 2011 Renault Megane R.S.
By October 17, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Renault Megane R.S.

Renault Megane R.S. clearly stands out from the crowd with its sporty looks. The Megane Coupe, in which this R.S. model is based on, looks quite good already in its basic form and therefore gives a good starting point for this faster model. Megane R.S. has a sportier front bumper with wide air intake, rear lip spoiler, side skirts and wider wheelarches to accommodate the 18- inch wheels. Looking from the rear you notice the single, central exhaust tailpipe and aerodynamic diffuser. If you are still confused what car you are looking at, there are Renault Sport-badging on the grille, tailgate, sills, headrests, rev-counter background and dashboard trim. Although other colours are also available, this Sport Yellow is the natural choice for a Renault Sport.

Road Test: 2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i
By October 10, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i

X1 xDrive28i is the first BMW with the new four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. The new engine has a displacement of 1997cc and with the help of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, high precision injection, double-Vanos and Valvetronic, it delivers 245 horsepower. This kind of power is usually found from the BMW’s engines that have two more cylinders and a much larger displacement. In addition to the horsepower, turbocharging the petrol engine creates a nice mount of torque as well. Hefty 350 Newton metres of torque is available at very low revs at just 1250rpm. This torque at low revs makes the engine very enjoyable to drive, but bringing up the real performance of this engine, it needs more revs. All the 245 horsepower wakes up at 5000rpm and then this engine shows its other side. The new X1 xDrive28i can sprint from zero to hundred kilometres per hour in 6.5 seconds with this automatic transmission. With the six-speed manual gearbox the sprint time is even 0,4 seconds faster.

Road Test: 2011 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD
By October 3, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T 4WD

It looks like Nissan has combined parts of hatchback, SUV and a sports car to create a new crossover. The small car is called Nissan Juke and it surely looks like something completely new and different than anything else in the Nissan’s model range. Some people will probably think that it’s the most horrible looking car to date, while others, like myself think that its personal exterior actually works quite nicely. And now that I have driven it, I actually like it even more. With some ground clearance, a high waistline, bold wheel arches and big wheels and tyres the Juke looks like a SUV. However, above waistline Juke is a bit sportier. The windscreen is quite big, but side windows are narrow and the hidden rear door handle creates an impression of a two door car. The lights are also a big part of the car’s design. The front lights are split into two distinct elements. Up on the bonnet are the running lights and turn indicators. The main and dipped beams were inspired by the auxiliary lamps fitted to rally cars in the sixties and seventies and are mounted lower on the nose of the car. While the boomerang shaped tail-lights reminds the ones in the 370Z.

Road Test: 2011 BMW 650i Convertible
By September 19, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW 650i Convertible

It’s hard to be unnoticed when driving with the BMW’s new 6 Series Convertible. If the previous 6 Series looked good, this new one is astonishing. With the total length of 4894 millimetres, the new Convertible is 74 millimetres longer than its predecessor. The car is also 39 millimetres wider and now measures 1894 millimetres across. At the same time 9 millimetres have been shaved off its height. As the car’s height is only 1365 millimetres, it looks even longer and wider than it actually is. As the car has grown in width and length, the interior is quite spacious, especially in the front. The 6 Series is designed to be a 2+2 seater, so the legroom is surprisingly small in the rear seat considering the car’s wheelbase of 2855 millimetres. Eventhough the car has lost some height, it still provides quite nicely headroom in both front and rear seats, also with the roof on top. The Dakota leather trim is standard, but Nappa leather is available as an option in four colour options. In addition to the seats, the instrument panel, the centre console and the upper sections of the rear door panel and side trim can also be lined with Nappa leather as an option and if you want the interior to look even more special, these interior elements can also be ordered with the stitching in a contrasting colour.

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 V6
By September 5, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 V6

It has the ingredients of a sports car; two-door coupe-body, powerful V6 engine and the rear wheel drive. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe also looks very much like a sports car. From the front the body looks wide and low. At the front there is a small, blacked out radiator grill and big headlamps. The bonnet lid looks big and long. The sideview unveils the short front and rear overhangs and long doors. From the rear you notice the big rear light housings and the dual exhaust system integrated with the diffuser. The hyper-silver finished alloy wheel are 19″, but doesn’t actually look that big. The tyre size is 225/40R19 at front and 245/40R19 at the rear. Although red isn’t my favorite colour, it works quite well in this coupe.

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 250 Coupe
By August 22, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 250 Coupe

Finally the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe has the looks that it deserves. The previous C-Class coupes, the Sportcoupe and the CLC just looked a bit funny to my eye. With the shortened rear end they looked more like a C-Class hatchback than a real coupe. Luckily, things are very much different with this new Coupe. The designers have finally found the right portions for the car and created a coupe that clearly looks better than the sedan. The old names have also been dumped and the new car is called simply C-Class Coupe.

Road Test: 2011 BMW 125i Convertible
By August 15, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 BMW 125i Convertible

For the model year 2011, the two-door models of the BMW 1 Series got some design modifications and optimised aerodynamics. At the front, there is a restyled front apron with one large central air intake and two vertical side intakes. The central air intake is enhanced by a black trim strip and the foglamps are intagrated in the apron. Functionally the biggest innovation in the front apron is the integration of air curtains into the outer air intakes. They have the effect of considerably reducing turbulence in the area of the wheel arches by optimising airflow. At the outside edge of the side air intakes, the inflowing air is guided through closed ducts, which lead along the inside of the front apron to the two wheel arches. In each wheel arch, the air emerges from a narrow, vertically-orientated slot so that it is directed just along the sidewalls of the tyre at high speed. This optimisation of the aerodynamic results in a further reduction in emissions for the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible. For even sportier look, the M Sports Package is available for all models as an option. The BMW 135i has a modified M Aerodynamics Package as standard.

Road Test: 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
By August 8, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Here is the perfect city car. The new Mitsubishi i-MiEV. i-MiEV is a plug-in electric car and it’s quite superb. It’s quiet and enviromentally friendly, drives smoothly and comfortably, can accomodate four adults, is easy to park in the city and most of all, it is very fun to drive. The elctric motor in the i-MiEV develops 67 horsepower, which sounds awfully little. But it also develops 180 Newton metres of torque, which is available instantly, right from the zero up to 2000rpm. This makes the driving with the i-MiEV very fun in the city traffic. Because the electric motor has a high torque output and it can spin 8000rpm, it requires only one gear.

Road Test: 2011 Nissan Navara 3.0 V6 dCi Double Cab
By July 25, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Nissan Navara 3.0 V6 dCi Double Cab

One of our favorite pick-ups, Nissan Navara got a little update last year. The biggest news was the all new and technically advanced 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. The new direct injection V6 turbodiesel has been developed by the Renault Nissan Alliance to deliver high levels of performance. The V6 diesel has the peak power output of 231 hp. The peak torque output is 550 Nm which it is available between 1700-2500rpm. The engine uses the latest generation of Bosch common-rail fuel injection with piezo injectors that operates at 1800 bar. To create all this power, there is also a comparatively large turbocharger and the intercooler. The turbocharger is mounted within the vee of the engine. With the new 3.0 V6 dCi engine, the navara can accelerate from zero to hundred km/h in 9.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 km/h. The new engine is coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Road Test: 2011 Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI
By July 11, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI

I usually prefer a big sedan like the S-Class to be black, but apparently white exterior works quite nicely as well. Diamond White exterior with the 20″ Behes alloys make the big and luxurious S-Class sedan look a bit sportier. However, we haven’t come here to make a judgement on the car’s outlook, but to try it’s new engine, which sounds something completely else than a sporty. Now, for the first time in S-Class history there is a 4-cylinder engine available, and it’s a diesel.